Why this writer wrote a guide on hashish for youngsters
Meg Hartley, January 21, 2020
In general, children and cannabis are not a good combination (with medical exceptions). Although we don't know enough about the endocannabinoid system (ECS), we know that it is a sensitive system that requires balance and that the brain develops until the mid-twenties. However, at a time when cannabis suddenly appears everywhere, little is said about what to say to young people.
Susan Soares is a longtime cannabis lawyer who faced a similar question in The Woody Show . She was disappointed with her answer. Some may have shrugged and assumed that someone else would tackle the matter, but Soares decided to deal directly with it instead.
It is easier to hide it than to explain it.
She interviewed adults for a year to talk to her children about cannabis and found that less than 5% of the parents she interviewed informed their children about the issue, even if they worked in the industry. "Even though it was painfully obvious, they are trying to hide it from their children," said Soares.
If adults hide something from children, it indicates that they are doing something wrong that feeds the stigma of cannabis – and they will judge it. So if the child becomes curious, it is likely that they will fear this judgment and break the conversation. "When we judge people, they are ashamed," said Soares, "and then they don't want to talk to us anymore. And we don't want that from our children. We want them to talk to us."
Soares believes that informing young people about cannabis helps keep them safe. "If it is not used for medical purposes, it is really better for them to wait until their brains are fully grown," she said. "You must have the information."
Your grandchildren are of course well informed. "My grandchildren say:" I can't drink alcohol, coffee or cannabis. "You are proud of it," said Soares. "You get it."
What grows in Grandma's garden?
Soares decided to tackle the matter by giving adults help to talk to their children about cannabis – something that would be easy enough for a child but also talked about the importance of waiting that this matter is quickly becoming a plant that adults are so enthusiastic about.
Soares lives in California, where medical cannabis has been legal for decades and has been legal since 2018.
So she started writing a book about cannabis – a children's book. What grows in the grandmother's garden tells the story of her grandson from real life, how he becomes curious about her “special” locked greenhouse that is full of cannabis.
"I wrote the book in very few words," said Soares. "It is very easy and should only encourage conversation."
The book begins by describing her garden from the child's perspective and tells how most plants for food and medicine (she also grows echinacea, aloe vera and kratom) as well as the funny beetles and snacks he comes across on the way.
After introducing the locked greenhouse, they collect the two ingredients for lunch. Grandson picks up sweet potatoes and Grandma brings raw cannabis into her fruit smoothie. When he asks her to try some of it, she doesn't let him. (This part is especially important at a time when people put CBD in everything. Intoxicating doesn't mean that it doesn't interact with the delicate and understated ECS.) Then she draws a brain in chalk on the sidewalk to explain that his brain is still growing and that he has to feed it the right things to have a strong and fast brain.
After grandma treats her sore, chalking knees with a non-intoxicating cannabis oil, everyone comes over for a weekly barbecue. While the children play hide-and-seek and the other adults take a sip of wine (“do adult things”), grandma finally gets the opportunity to hang into the wind with a joint on the greenhouse. Then she packs a lot of fresh vegetables so everyone can take them and they're on their way.
We can talk about "adult things"
Soares says it is important to be honest about why adults like things like cannabis and wine. “Poisoning is an interesting topic. If you notice on the cover of the book, the grandmother turns the grandson around. And the reason is that kids like to romp around, feel dizzy and change their reality – that's a form of intoxication. “Many people take intoxicating medication every morning and rarely, if ever, talk about it.
Soares says it is time to stop feeling ashamed, to enjoy the feeling of noise because it is natural. "Why do we like roller coaster rides? And it is not just a human thing . There are also animals, birds and insects that like it. Why can't we just admit that we like it? "
In order for young people to know how to treat intoxication, they have to have someone they can ask honest questions about, like topics like sex or swearing. She says that her book can be used to allow for a time when other adult-only topics are discussed. "It's an opportunity to talk about all the grown things up."
So if you have children, what do you know about cannabis? If you are not the one who informs you, you will likely choose between inaccurate but still popular fear-based education ( that is often ignored ), or you will listen to the industry, which is very busy, To tell adults it's healthy. And while this is true for many balanced adults, it's probably not the message they're supposed to hear.
Incidentally – if the book by Soares sounds as if it were the right tool for you, you can buy it here .
Meg Hartley is an Alaskan cannabis writer and lawyer who currently lives and loves in Long Beach, California.